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Arctic Cold Front Cancels More Than 1,200 U.S. Flights: How Will This Affect Travel in the Coming Days?

by Aoife O’Riordan

Feb 1, 2023

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As of Jan. 31, more than 1,000 U.S. flights were canceled across the country in the wake of an arctic cold front spanning central Texas to the East Coast. Additionally, states including Minnesota and Wisconsin face weather advisories, with some warnings potentially affecting air travel over the next few days as the storm moves.

In addition to the more than 1,000 canceled flights, more than 1,800 U.S. flights were delayed, according to FlightAware. Airports including LaGuardia Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport issued ground stops due to weather, with about 40 percent of DFW’s schedule canceled.

American Airlines enacted the most cancellations, stopping nearly 420 flights Jan. 31. As a result, the airline announced it will waive change fees for travelers scheduled to fly through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport through Feb. 2. Passengers must rebook by Feb. 2 for travel by Feb. 8.

Delta Air Lines allows travelers planning to travel Feb. 1 to rebook for flights on or before Feb. 4 without paying fare difference or change fees where applicable. The waiver applies to cities including Austin, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Lexington, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Other airlines enacting changes in response to the storm are JetBlue, Southwest, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines. Updates regarding flight schedule changes and other news relating to the storm can be found on their official websites, including winter weather waivers.

Airports as far west as Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International and Colorado’s Denver International also experience delays as a result of the storm.

Flights and airports aren’t the only ones facing problems from the storm; the icy weather makes for dangerous driving conditions, with up to half an inch of ice or sleet expected in many parts of Texas. According to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center, about 15 states anticipate ice accumulation in the next few days.

Travelers venturing through these states by road are advised to have food, water and a flashlight in their vehicles in case of emergency. The National Weather Service also urges travelers to slow down and use extreme caution, especially when approaching bridges and overpasses.

These warnings remain in effect until Feb. 2 at the earliest. Stay up to date on the storm via the National Weather Service.

Do you plan to travel to or from Texas in the next few days? Do you expect this winter storm to affect your travels? Has a major ice storm affected any of your past travels? Tell us your thoughts. Email us at [email protected]. Please include your full name and location.


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